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Wednesday, 20 June 1906

Senator PLAYFORD - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   One non-commissioned officer of the Instructional Staff, and one Military Clerk, applied for promotion under the Standing Order referred to, in September, 1903, and January, 1906, respectively.

2.   No.

3.   The Standing Order referred to read as follows : - " Battery and Company Sergeant-Majors of the Permanent Forces, after ten years continuous service in that rank, and Military Staff Clerks of rank of Quartermaster-Sergeant, after ten years service with rank not less than that of Sergeant, may, on the special recommendation of their respective Commanding Officers, be promoted to Second Class Warrant Officers."

It will therefore be seen that no noncommissioned officer was entitled to promotion, nor was any right to same conferred.

In the case of the non-commissioned officer of the Instructional Staff, the application was refused because it was received when the classification of the Instructional Staff was under consideration, and his position was subsequently graded below that of a Warrant Officer.

With regard to the Military Clerk, his application was refused because the position he occupies does not carry with it the rank of Warrant Officer.

He is also very junior of his class, and, if promoted, he would supersede in rank a number of Military Clerks who are his senior. The Standing Order referred to, moreover, was cancelled on the 1st March,1904 (nearly two years prior to his application), when the Regulations under the Commonwealth Defence Act came into force.

So far as he was concerned, the application could noli be dealt with under the Victorian order, because it was superseded by our own regulation.

Senator Pearce - It was a transferred right !

Senator PLAYFORD - There was no transferred right in his case.

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